Fine and Dandy

Benny Goodman

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In 1981, Sounds of Yesteryear released a collection of Benny Goodman Quintet and Sextet recordings that were originally cut between October 22, 1946 and March 28, 1947. The 2007 CD reissue of this album exactly duplicates the 39-minute LP without adding any extra material. With Goodman on these postwar sessions were a number of skilled improvisers including guitarist Barney Kessel, pianists Jimmy Rowles, Joe Bushkin, Jess Stacy, and Mel Powell; vibraphonists Red Norvo and Johnny White, jazz accordionist Ernice Felice and drummer Louie Bellson. This compilation also contains music drawn from radio broadcasts co-hosted by Goodman and comedian Victor Borge. Vocals are by Eve Young, who later bleached her hair and became Coral recording artist Karen Chandler. Goodman's postwar switch from Columbia to Capitol coincided with his active participation in the latest developments in modern jazz, a stance he took without ever relaxing his commitment to swing and the older established jazz tradition in which his entire career was firmly rooted.

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